Out With The Old, In With The New

Now that the new year is upon us, what outdated tech have you upgraded?

Between holiday presents, preparing for guests, and resolutions for the new year, this season brings countless changes to the house. Now that the new year is upon us, what outdated tech have you upgraded? What do you still imagine transforming in 2019?


And what are the items we can all wave goodbye to as we leave them in 2018….


Portable Speakers as Home Audio

It’s become too easy to have amazing, high quality sound in the house to be using a portable speaker. With all of the advances in Bluetooth and app integration, not only can you fill the house with music by asking out loud, you can play any song, anywhere, in unsurpassed quality.

The Ole Oven and Stove


This year was huge for kitchen appliance gifting and the ole oven and stove aren’t the only sources of heat when it comes to the kitchen. Air fryers, sous vides, and Instant Pots are changing the game in the kitchen. No longer do you have to stand over a meal and watch it cook – kitchen appliances are hopping on the automated bandwagon and allowing you to step away and trust the technology.

Unexpected Guests

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Security Cameras and integrated doorbell systems are becoming a norm in high quality homes. “I wonder who that could be” has become obsolete. When someone’s at your door, you not only know who it is but you have the capability to communicate with them and even unlock the door from remote locations. As we upgrade the technology in our homes, it’s essential that our security systems follow close behind.

Keep your technology integrated and make your home smarter this year. We are so excited about all the flux 2019 has to offer and we hope to experience it with you.

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*The calculated home technology budget range you will receive will includes parts, labor & accessories (Tax not included)
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Prewire installation calculations assume you would like your home fully wired for ALL home automation technologies shown throughout the budget calculator, including 'future-ready' wiring. Prewire pricing can vary substantially based on what features you would like in your home. The wiring budget is for low-voltage wiring, not for electrical.
Prewire pricing will vary based on exactly what features you would like in your home. Read this article about the importance of wiring/cabling in today's "wireless" world. Your local Smarter Homes integrator is the best resource for exact prewire pricing. Wiring budget is for low-voltage wiring only, not electrical.
Keep in mind that our modern lifestyle and our home's automation technology systems are extremely reliant on a quality network and Wi-Fi system. Most homes are moving towards enterprise-grade hardware and away from the types of network products you could buy in an office supply store or a consumer computer store. We recommend that all homeowners consider the network and Wi-Fi system to be the most important system and installation within the home.
Higher-quality sound or higher-grade architectural finished speakers can range from $5,000.00 to $10,000.00 PER ROOM
Basic background music system pricing ranges from $1,500.00 to $5,000.00 per room including all equipment, labor, and programming.
Range includes video sources such as AppleTV, a Blu-ray player, satellite receiver, and remotely-locating them for best aesthetics. A basic soundbar is included for better audio.
This is called “video distribution” and reduces the amount of audio/video equipment located at each TV location/room.
A surround sound system creates an immersive sound experience, much like a dedicated home theater room, though in a dual-purpose room such as a Family Room, Master Bedroom, etc. If you would like more than one surround system location, click on the "Add Another Surround System" button below
Typically, homeowners want to see the following areas: front of house, front door, driveway / gate, sides of house, and pool. If you are more concerned about security, you may want to add cameras for the perimeter of your property. Good-quality cameras see about 75 feet of distance on average. The high range of the budget estimate includes higher resolution cameras, better night vision, and longer surveillance recording time.
The installation of a lighting control system reduces wall clutter, allows preset lighting scenes at the push of a button, increases security through programming automation, and adds convenience.
Motorized shades add beauty, convenience, address privacy concerns, and can be used to save energy. If desired, provide your best guess on how many windows/shades you want to motorize. The higher-end of the budget range includes higher-end fabrics, large windows, and dual-roller shades (both sheer and privacy shades on one window).
For example, a house music app, an app to operate your TV, an app for lighting automation, an app for locks, an app for cameras, an app to open close garage doors & gates, etc. Or do you want to control the entire house through a single unified app that controls all the automation systems within the home?
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